Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Rest - what rest?

'Rest' is this week's topic for the Facebook Group 'The Writers' Post'.

Rest = Refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labour

After a month of daily blogging for the A-Z April Blogging Challenge, I need a rest! It’s not just the blogging, since I researched and wrote about half of the blogs before April began. I’ve spent far more time in April visiting other blogs, probably about 20-30 each day and leaving comments on most of them, as well as replying to comments on my own blog.

Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy visiting blogs, and have made a lot of new friends during April as a result. However, it’s very time-consuming. Also, I like to do my main ‘networking’ in the mornings but, as many bloggers are American, their blogs don’t go live until the middle of my day or even later. With a daily blogging schedule, I have to catch up with the blogs in the evening – which is usually my main writing time (i.e. working on my novels) so my ‘normal’ schedule has been disrupted. I did intend to have Sunday as my ‘rest’ day but then found I couldn’t resist taking part in the Six Sentence Sunday blog hop! So no rest there either.

Rest = period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude or tranquillity

Yes, that sounds very good – but at the moment it seems like a complete pipe-dream. For one thing, I now need to keep up with my new blogging friends. For another, my current novel has not been receiving my full attention during April and I must give it some much-needed care and thought. And thirdly, my new novel ‘Changing the Future’ will be released mid-May, so I have to start on the promotion trail again. Not much chance, then, of any 'period of inactivity'.

So no rest for me, it seems. But I’m not complaining. Too much inactivity and I get bored anyway!


  1. I did take the weekend to rest. I'm good to go for the week now :)

    Congrats on your new novel!! How exciting!!

    Cheers, Jenn

  2. Congrats on your release and finishing the A-Z Challenge. VEry time consuming. I'm taking this week off blogging and just commenting to catch up. Feels good.

  3. Agree with your end, samewith me :) and congratulations on the new book :)

  4. Jenn, I think I've now become addicted to blogging - but, with a bit of luck, I might have next Saturday off!

    Thanks, Em. Wish I could take the time off, but not much chance of that at the moment!

    Claudia - thanks! Thuink we just have to take a deep breath and keep going, don't we?

  5. It's a losing battle sometimes and you did so well to keep up the interesting A-Z. I'm really neglecting my WIP because of all the online/blogging interaction - yet I do enjoy that. Too easily distracted from writing!

  6. Agree, Rosemary - it's a double-edged sword sometimes!